Give Thanks for Your Teeth This Thanksgiving
Autumn is full of friends, family, food, and showing gratitude. When asked what we’re thankful for during Thanksgiving dinner, many of us probably name our homes, our families, and our overall health. One thing we tend to not think about, however, is our dental health.
Here are a few reasons you may choose to be thankful for your smile this holiday season.
Your Teeth Allow You to Communicate
The fact that your teeth and tongue allow you to speak is sometimes overlooked as a benefit of proper dental health. From a young age, we move our tongues against our teeth to communicate with our parents and loved ones. The cause of speech issues for many children is misaligned teeth. By teaching children the proper movements, they can improve their speech and confidence in their school and work performance.
Your Teeth Are Team Players
Taking care of your teeth also helps to take care of the rest of your body. Studies have shown that our dental health is linked to your overall physical health. For example, long-term gum infections can lead to the loss of your teeth. While this is a pretty high price to pay, it doesn’t end there. Oral infections have also been linked to poorly controlled diabetes, strokes, bacterial pneumonia, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions later in life.
Your Teeth Are Pretty Self-Sufficient
We know that it probably seems like your teeth require a lot of work, between going to the dentist, flossing, and all the brushing — how could we possibly say they take care of themselves!? There’s actually a lot going on on your mouth behind the scenes that you may not realize. Our saliva, for example, is a natural cavity deterrent.
Your Teeth Can Boost Your Confidence
A straight smile has been linked to one of our top confidence boosters. From interviews, presentations, significant life moments, to everyday interactions — our teeth are one of the first things others notice about our appearance. Taking care of our teeth and keeping them clean, white, and bright is the best way to secure the shining smile we all want.
Your Teeth Allow You to Eat Delicious Food
One of the best parts about the holiday season is the food! Our teeth allow us to enjoy all the tasty treats that Thanksgiving dinner has to offer, but they also make sure that we can chew a variety of foods year-round. They also aid in healthy digestion, allowing us to eat without complications.
Show Your Teeth Your Gratitude This Season
Our teeth make our lives easier: they help us communicate, eat our food, and, when taken care of, act as a confidence booster. Let your teeth know how thankful you are for them this season with these simple actions:
- Remember to brush at least twice daily
- Bring floss with you to your holiday parties to keep your teeth and gums clean
- Schedule your little one’s regular cleaning in advance
- Eat healthy foods from the five major food groups
- Use a fluoride mouthwash
- Use a mouthguard when playing contact sports
Schedule Your Little Turkey’s Cleaning Today
Dental problems can be expensive and painful. Preventing them at all costs means your little one should visit the dentist frequently. Contact our staff at Pediatric Dentistry to make an appointment today.
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From all of us at Pediatric Dentistry, we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving filled with food, family, and great memories.